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Policy Title:                   Strategic Sourcing Program

Policy Number:             750-54

Responsible Officer:

Associate Vice Chancellor of Business & Financial Services and  Controller

Responsible Office:

Business and Financial Services – Procurement Services

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Date of Revision:


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Guidance Concerning Responsibility & Coordination of Strategic Sourcing Program

 I.         Overview

It is the policy of the University of California (UC) to seek to satisfy its needs at the lowest overall total cost with the optimal qualitative requirements fulfilled through planned, quantity purchasing. To this end, regional and system-wide purchases, strategically sourced commodity agreements, and price schedules will be used to the maximum practicable extent. The UC Riverside Strategic Sourcing Program adheres to the guidance provided in BFB-BUS-43.


II.          Guidelines

An agreement should be established whenever either administrative cost avoidance and/or price avoidance can be achieved and the UCOP Director of Strategic Sourcing or UC Riverside Procurement Services Director has determined that location utilization and estimated dollar value are sufficient justification. The cost/price reductions should be greater than could be obtained by an individual campus and should exceed the cost of administering the agreement or the aggregate costs of individual campus purchase actions.


III.        Program Management

The Campus Director of Procurement acts as the Commodity Manager when commodities are assigned to the campus. The Commodity Manager seeks input from UC campus Purchasing Departments and end users and establishes system-wide agreements for assigned commodities. The operational responsibilities of the Commodity Manager for the program are delegated to the Campus Strategic Sourcing Specialist.


IV.       Contacts

For questions regarding this policy or associated procedures, contact the Director of Procurement.


V.         Related References

·         UCOP Strategic Sourcing

·         BFB-BUS-43 Material Management